translated by Brett Larner
At the 2009 Shanghai Marathon on Nov. 29, invited athlete Mai Ito (Team Otsuka Seiyaku) won the women's half-marathon division in a time of 1:12:00. General division runner Hiroko Shoi (Team Nihon ChemiCon) was 2nd. Yamanashi Gakuin University graduate Kota Araki (Self-Defense Forces) was 3rd in the men's race.
Gashaw Asfaw (Ethiopia) took his second-straight Shanghai win with a time of 2:10:10 in the men's marathon, while Chinese runner Wei Yanan won the women's race in 2:27:49.